The Rivers State Police Command on Monday announced that the High Court in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State had been set on fire by suspected hoodlums.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Grace Iringe-Koko, the state police spokesperson who made this known to newsmen in Port Harcourt, said the incident occurred in the early hours of today.
According to her, Tunde Ogunsakin, the state Commissioner of Police visited the scene with the Anti-Bomb Team of the command and collected bits and pieces of what was left of the building for analysis.
“In the exhibits, no trace of Improvised Explosive Device was found and from the analysis so far, none of the features of explosion was present” Koko said. “There was no evidence of explosion; no shock waves and no bang. The command however observed burning that resulted in conflagrations”.
She said the commissioner of police after leaving the scene of the incident, visited the judge of the high court, Charles Wali, at his Ahoada residence, whom disclosed to the commissioner that he was supposed to preside over some cases today.
The force spokesperson said that the police had reinforced security in the court premises and living quarters of judiciary staff in order to avoid reoccurrence of such incident.
“The State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) and the Police Bomb Squad have been mandated to fish out the perpetrators of the crime” Koko said.
She further revealed that no arrest had been made over the incident, but assured that the perpetrators would be brought to book soon.
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